Hyd prodigy all set to fly to Japan 

Hyd prodigy all set to fly to Japan 
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For the people in the bustling backstreets of the Old City of Hyderabad, she is just one among the innumerable girls who saunter around, but for those who are in the know, may be a tad away from her shabby neighbourhood, she is a gem in the rubble. 

FROM BLIND ALLEY TO HALL OF FAME

13-year-old girl Mahjabeen Unnisa, who won national-level award for her writing skills, is overjoyed at the prospects of a weeklong study tour
Aneri Shah

Hyderabad: For the people in the bustling backstreets of the Old City of Hyderabad, she is just one among the innumerable girls who saunter around, but for those who are in the know, may be a tad away from her shabby neighbourhood, she is a gem in the rubble.

However, the 13-year-old girl from the guileless locality in the Old City, Mahjabeen Unnisa, who has achieved national fame, is on her way to a weeklong study tour in Japan, a rare opportunity for the girls of her ilk, thanks to her brilliant writing skills. Mahjabeen Unnisa is studying X Standard in Urdu medium in the Falaknuma Government Girls High School.

Her father, Mohammed Khadeer, works as a plumber to make his both ends meet. Being a bright student with a flair for improving her command over language, Mahjabeen entered the national essay writing competition organised every year by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), and of course, emerged the winner.

The theme for this year was pretty emotional - Mera India Bachao. Competitions were held separately in 23 languages including Hindi, Telugu, Urdu and English. The writing skill of Mahjabeen was such that she brought instant fame to Telangana State. Her piece was declared the best in Urdu language from among the articles written by contenders from government and private educational institutions across the country.

She was awarded with Rs 30,000, a laptop and a study trip to Japan by PCRA in Delhi. Recently, Mahjabeen was honoured with Rs 10,000 by IAS officer Omer Jaleel for her exemplary writing skills. Speaking to The Hans India, Mahjabeen said she had written the essay on ‘save gas’ and it was different from others as she made a drawing and wrote points on how to save gas.

She further said that she wished to become a doctor and her inspirations were her teachers and her parents. She said she was now eagerly looking forward to the study tour of Japan. It may be recalled that Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan gave away the prizes to the winners in January last. Mahjabeen, after receiving the prizes, told the media, “It was a great achievement in my life and I have never dreamt of it.

Firstly I was given a topic and later I just simply read a few books to gather important information. I wrote nearly seven pages of essay regarding the topic. After that they announced me as a winner and awarded me this expensive brand new laptop.

The important thing is as I am from poor background, this could be a huge task for me to fly in an aeroplane, but they provided me an educational tour to Japan which gives me more excitement. We will fly to Japan next month and in any chance, I am not going to miss this tour.”

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